Top Theater Camps for Kids in Southeast Michigan

Do you have a little thespian? They can express themselves at any of these great theater camps for kids.

Top Theater Camps for Kids in Southeast Michigan

Theater may be considered a dying art, but it has survived for centuries, and still continues to do so. Children of all ages are still interested in performing, and there are plenty of different places for them to get on stage.

From musicals to Shakespeare with a twist, there are all kinds of opportunities to act, sing and dance in metro Detroit. Some theater camps for kids are all rehearsals and lead up to performances, while others are all about learning skills valuable in the theater world.

Whatever kind of performing your child is interested in, you can be certain there’s a program out there for them to enjoy this wonderful art.

Check out these theater camps for kids below to find a spot near you.

All the World’s A Stage

  • Address: 40027 Aynesley St., Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-243-2253
  • Ages: Grades 1-12, depending on the program

Summer drama camps here focus on the acting process, giving students the tools to create and develop their performance skills. The company seeks to “encourage and develop positive growth in our youth population by making life skill connections through the magic of theatre.”

Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild

  • Address: The University of Michigan Student Theatre Arts Complex (STAC), 1201 Kipke Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-926-5629
  • Ages: Grades 3-12

The guild’s Summer Theatre Academy during the month of July ends with full-length performances. The academy offers morning workshops in a variety of performing arts and afternoon rehearsals for the upcoming production, with a focus on improving theater skills and fostering friendships.

Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center

  • Address: 2447 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton
  • Phone: 734-795-6805 (ask for Marci)
  • Ages: 5-15

Classes are held at Trenton Village Theatre. Summer programs include Reader’s Theatre, Musical Theatre, Lights, Camera, Action!, Theatre Arts, Monologues & Auditions, Solo Performance and more.

Marquis Theatre, Northville

  • Address: 135 E. Main St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-8110
  • Ages: 6-16

Theater camp options include Ducky Camp (ages 6-7), Day Camp (ages 8-12), Star Camp (advanced actors ages 10-15) and Broadway Camp (elite actors ages 11-16).

Michigan Opera Theatre

  • Address: 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-237-3419
  • Ages: 13-18

Operetta Workshop is a three-week day camp for youth ages 13-18 where they receive direction in acting, singing, dancing, how to audition and healthy voice care. No experience is necessary and no audition is required to participate. The program ends in a final performance that takes place on the Detroit Opera House main stage.

Plymouth Community Arts Council Summer Art Camp

  • Address: 774 N. Sheldon, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-416-4278
  • Ages: Vary based on camp; ranges 5-17

If your kid is excited about theater, music, film or the arts in general, you’ll find a great fit here. Offerings include an Actors’ Workshop, Film Making Workshop, a sketch-comedy and improv camp.

The Community House Theatre Camp

  • Address: 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-644-5832
  • Ages: Grades 3-12

A Junior Division Camp for grades 3-7 lets campers be part of a complete musical theater show, Senior Division Camp is for grades 7-12 and offers scene study, technique, style and more.

The Roeper School Summer Theatre Programs

  • Address: Held on the campus of Groves High School, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
  • Phone: 248-203-7470
  • Ages: Age 4-Grade 12

The Roeper Summer Stock Theatre allows students to work with professional theater instructors and participate in activities to build skills in acting, singing and dancing. Sessions are open to beginning and more experienced actors.

Wild Swan Theater Camp

  • Address: 6175 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-995-0530
  • Ages: 4-12

Drama camps here offer a safe, comfortable and fun environment for exploring the world of theater. Camps offer a new theme each week including African Arts, Trickster Tales, Rainbow Crow and more.

Young People’s Theater

  • Address: 331 Metty Drive, Suite 3, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-222-4006
  • Ages: Grades K-12

Theater camps include two sessions of the Once Upon a Time camp for grades 1-3, two sessions of Break into Broadway Showcase for grades 4-6, a production of 101 Dalmatians for grades 2-5, YPT Master Class for grades 6-12 and more.

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2017 by Jessica Schrader.


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